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post #1 of 11 Old 05-18-2011, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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Carrying extra water for camping?

How have y'all managed this?

I was thinking of picking up a couple of 4L or 6L MSR Dromedary water bags, but I haven't figured out where to mount them. Could just strap 'em to the seat behind me, not sure if that space will be available though.

Is there an easy way to rig up water bladders so they're mounted to the crashbars, maybe between the crashbars and the upper fairings?

Any thoughts? How have others done this?
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-18-2011, 01:40 PM
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I think it's Hepco & Becker that make a side hard case that has a hollow inner and outer wall and can be fitted with a tap for water. Crazy expensive and you probably have bags at this point anyway.
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I could be wrong, but I don't think that this is a very good idea. It would be difficult to secure (immobilize) a water bladder to the bike, and I could see some drastic weight shifts while cornering and stopping.

Water is eight pounds per gallon, so a five gallon bladder is forty pounds of fluid, moveable weight that can pretty well go where it wants. If you are determined to try this I would start small and take it easy until you see how it works.

I would recommend a small water filter; I use the Pur Hiker and have been very pleased with it for the years that I've had it. It's small, light, and easy to use. Take a filter, a collapsible bucket to retrieve water from the source (if you can't squat down and filter right at the source), and a bladder to hold the filtered water and you're in business. You probably won't be carrying any more than a pound or two like this.

If you're planning on camping in areas without a water source you might have to get a bit more creative. Check out some hiking and survival sites for info on where to find water, those folks have it down to a science.

Please let us know the results of any experiments you try.

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I haven't tried it but I think your Dromedary bag idea would work well. I would go with a 4 litre one on each side (less than 10 pounds per side), that gets the weight low and forward where it needs to be and the MSR bags have multiple tie down points so they should be well secured. I often carry an empty 6 litre one and just fill it at the last fuel stop if we are going to camp somewhere dry. I just clip to the straps holding the tent on the rear seat. It rides well there, doesn't take up much room and makes a nice cool backrest. Another option may be to put them in tank panniers.

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I just stuck a gallon of store bought spring water in my soft saddelbag on another bike. I also had a hiking water bottle that I kept filled between stops where there was water available. Bikes shouldn't be more than a few hours from a water source anyway because of the gas situation. I've only hiked and camped in places that had water available from some source, so it wasn't an issue.

Just drink a lot at gas stations...
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If you're camping, you have a way of boiling water, right?
I've never needed to carry water with me; I just carry an empty collapsible 1 gallon water jug, and boil the water before eating it. If you wanted to, you could throw in a couple of water purification tablets, and/or use a filter.
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If water is available, then purifying it is a good option. In dry areas, you can't boil sand to make water so carrying some supply is necessary. You don't have to go very far away from the major rivers in this part of the world to be drinking nothing but dirt.

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I've been leaning toward these:

aux-fuel-tank-3l-w-bracket
or
aux-fuel-tank-2l-w-bracket

I've also seen a guy who built his own skid plate that carried 2 gallons of water down low. It looked like a lot of aluminum fab work, but used up otherwise wasted space to carry water down low...it fit in tight and used the spaces between a regular skid plate and the engine/exhaust.

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I have a Geigerrig 2L hydration pack which I strongly prefer over the Camelbak because you can get an inline filter for it, thereby allowing you to drink safely from sketchy water sources. When I'm going to be out for longer, I use the Rotopax setup to carry extra water and fuel. If you belong to ADV, they offer a 10% discount. Geigerrig also offers a discount to ADV members. I also have a 6L Dromedary container. I put it in the Happy Trails Teton and rebalance the load so that it isn't top heavy. This is enough water to get me through a couple of days, provided it's not too hot.
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